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a church even benedict admits is damaged by division. what would you like to see out of the next pope? >> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications
>>> benedict xvi becomes the first pope to abdicate in 700 years. >> his final day begins with a meeting with the cardinals who lined up one by one to say their personal good-byes. as the pope pledged unconditional obedience to his successor. >> we catholics call him our holy father. he is like the papa, the daddy of the family, and to see this gentle, learned, lovely holy man, to see him very fragile, to see him having made what i consider to be a remarkably humble and courageous decision, it was very moving. it was a very tender movement. >> pope benedict then left the vatican by helicopter to begin his retirement at castle gondolpho where emrerjed a while ago to greet well wishers who have gathered in the paizza. piazza. the papal summer retreat will be benedict's temporary residence. he will be watching from the sidelines as the cardinals begin the task of choosing a new leader for the catholic church. also in rome today secretary of state john kerry meeting for the first time with syrian rebel leaders to announce a major shift in u.s. policy, but is it enough? for the
: see you tomorrow. bill: it is a day of history truly. in less than two hours pope benedict xvi departs the vatican as pope for the last time, a remarkable event that has not happened in some 600 years. long before cable. good morning, everybody we'll watch this together. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." lovely color. martha: lovely scene there in rome. it is incredible to watch. good morning, everybody. i'm martha. the pope is expected to depart the papal residence today. he will get on a helicopter. that will happen 11:00 our time. you will see it here on "america's newsroom". bill: the pontiff holding a final audience with the cardinals, the church leaders that will choose his successor from among their own ranks. his holiness sharing a brief, private moment with each one of the cardinals. he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next pope in the coming days. >> translator: among you in the college of cardinals, there is the future pope to whom already today i promise my unconditional reference and obedience. for all this with love and gratefuln
. soaking in the cheers, benedict rode in his popemobile, waving, kissing babies. and when he rose to speak, an ovation. it was a frail man today, a marked difference from the day he began his papacy. known as god's rottweiler, he's been a leader bent on defending the traditions of the church in a modern world. but his papacy would be tested by the pain and deceit of the church's sex abuse scandal. today, he spoke of joy and sadness. days of sun and light breezes, when the fishing was abundant. but there were times when the waters were choppy and there were headwinds. times, when he said, it looked as if the lord was sleeping. among those listening, the cardinals. those who will decide benedict's successor. i spoke with cardinal donald wuerl of washington. how about the chances of an american? cardinal dolan, o'malley of boston? >> i think the conventional wisdom, which i think is correct, is a pope from the superpower would probably have a lot going against him, when he's trying to present a spiritual message to the rest of the world. >> reporter: tomorrow night, benedict will no longer be
where 10s of thens went to see pope benedict xvi. he shocked the world by becoming the first pope in six centuries resigned. the pontiff asked them to pray for him and the next point all of this as cardinals are arriving in rome. there is it a commuter generated images of what happen conclave. they will elect one of the group to elect a leader by secret ballot. the archbishop said all talk of potential candidates end. >> when we go into the conclave all of that stops. it is silence inside of the conclave and the really focus is on the power of the holy spirit. i am looking to this as sort of a very, very super retreat. you just start to pray, and the only indication of how things are going is when they count the votes . >> with more on the ancient and unique process of picking the next leader of the roman catholic church, fox corsphondant loren green joins us from new york. >> very good. shannon. >> this is it a fascinating process. >> cardinal said something important. they will pray for what the church needs and one. things i heard from the catholic hierarchy. what the church needs is
newspapers lately that there is a possibility of an american successor to pope benedict the xvi. he will begin his last week as leader of the catholic church. the u.s. will have an unprecedented voice actually in the election of a new pope because the u.s. is sending eleven cardinals as electors to the papal conclave and they must be all under the able of 80 to be voting. that makes them second only to the italian contingent, the second largest group of electors are coming from america which is unprecedented. i am joined by father frank pravone, the national director of priests for life. nice to have you here today. >> good to see you today. martha: what do you think of this. cardinal dolan comes up and cardinal o'malley pointing to him from boston as well as a possibility. how likely do you think that is? >> well, you know, anything is possible. i think it's considered more likely than it has been in the past. but of course between now and the election there is going to be a lot of speculation. you'll see various lists being generated of possible names, and who is on those lists de
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